1. to recognize and credit an author’s work and ideas.
2. to enable the reader of your paper to find the article (or book, etc.) and read it.
3. to avoid possible copyright and plagiarism problems.
Most of the research tools you use will create a citation in the required style for you:
BULS. Click on Citation and choose the style - APA, Chicago, MLA - your professor requires.
Databases. ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Click on Details. Click on Cite.
Google Scholar. Click on More. Click on Cite.
Citation Management Programs (e.g., RefWorks, Zotero, etc.)
Research and Citation Resources
Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)